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  • At Home with Our Sommeliers

    Our ASI family embraces a wealth of cultures. Whether or not, you celebrate Christmas, Hannakah, Kwanzaa or not, we all tend to take some time in December to relax with family. We asked some of our best sommeliers to tell us what they look forward to eating and drinking this holiday season. What’s going to…

  • Member News: Prestige gala for Monegasque sommeliers

    The Monegasque Sommeliers Association held its twenty-ninth prestigious Gala on Friday December 3, 2021 in the salons of the Méridien Beach Plaza in Monte-Carlo, in the presence of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco. The dinner, a tribute to Auguste Escoffier, brought together more than 250 guests around the great wines and terroirs of Piedmont.

  • Member News: Introducing Peter Teng, Best Sommelier of Malaysia

    Ronald Binati, President of SOMLAY, the Malaysian sommelier association, is pleased to announce Peter Teng as the winner of the Malaysia Best Sommelier Champion 2021.  Mr. Teng was crowned champion after a 2-day competition held on November 24th and 25th in Kuala Lumpur.  The contest was the first for Malaysia since 2019.

  • Member news: Ivan Jug: Best Sommelier of Croatia

      On December 1st, Sommelier Ivan Jug from Zagreb won the 24th Croatian Sommelier Championship organized by the Croatian Sommelier Club, at a contest held at the Palace Bellevue Hotel in Opatija. Previously, Ivan Jug was named the best sommelier in 2018 and finalist of the three previous contests. Apart from education in the Croatian…

  • Member News: Sebastian Russold, Germany’s Sommelier Trophy Winner

    Sebastian Russold from Cologne is the “Best Sommelier in Germany” after winning the final of the sixth Sommelier Trophy held in Neustadt an der Weinstraße on Sunday, November 21st, 2021. Russold’s win follows on the heels of compatriot Maximilian Wilm, winner of the previous Sommelier Trophy, sixth place finish at the recent ASI Best Sommelier…

  • Member News: Franko Lukež, the President of the Croatian Sommelier Club for the future term

    At the regular Annual Assembly of the Croatian Sommelier Club, held in Opatija on 1 December 2021, Franko Lukež was re-elected the president of the Croatian Sommelier Club. It was the opinion of the executive board of the Croatian Sommelier Association that Franko Lukež successfully held the position of the president in the previous term…

  • Member News: Domer Rafael, Canada’s New President

    Domer Rafael of Winnipeg has succeeded Lesley Brown of Vancouver in the role of National President of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers. On the future of the association under Rafael’s stewardship  Brown says “I believe wholeheartedly in the association and am proud of everything I have contributed to it since 2012 and what we…

  • Member News: An Educational Milestone in Argentina

      November was a milestone for the Association Argentina de Sommeliers (AAS) as for the first time the AAS Exam was held, which allows sommeliers from all over the country who may not have completed exams in educational institutions recognized by the Argentinean Ministry of Education to perform theoretical and practical tests, and become full…

  • Introducing Salvatore Castano: ASI’s Humble Champion

    Salvatore Castano recently earned the title of ASI Best Sommelier Europe & Africa, besting a group of talented sommeliers in the process. Yet despite being the just the 14th person to achieve the title, Castano’s humility continues to resonate. It was Castano’s gracious nature, and self-effacing humour that won over the crowd at the Rialto…

  • Behind the Scenes in Cyprus: a spotlight on our people

    Hosting an event such as the recently held ASI Best Sommelier of Europe & Africa in Cyprus takes a monumental effort from dozens of ASI board members, staff, and volunteers. Without their effort these events could not exist. As part of our commitment to showcase our people, we would like to introduce you to three…